The state is providing a $5 million grant to Northern Arizona University to help provide new caseworkers to Child Protective Services.

The university will use the money over five years for program costs and tuition reimbursements for social-work students who become CPS caseworkers.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported that the graduates would have to remain CPS caseworkers for a specific period of time to qualify for the reimbursement for tuition for up to two years.

NAU program coordinator Natalie Cawood said there's a need for highly trained workers in the child welfare system.

The partnership between NAU and the state will create a new CPS degree track for some social-work students.